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Paulette Goddard



American actress Paulette Goddard, born Pauline Marion Levy, spent her teen years as a Broadway chorus girl, gaining attention when she was featured reclining on a prop crescent moon in the 1928 Ziegfeld musical Rio Rita. In Hollywood as early as 1929, Goddard reportedly appeared as an extra in several Hal Roach two-reel comedies, making confirmed bit appearances in a handful of these short subjects wearing a blonde wig over her naturally raven-black hair. Continuing as a blonde, she appeared as a "Goldwyn Girl" in the 1932 Eddie Cantor film Kid From Spain, where she was awarded several close-ups.



Goddard's career went into full gear when she met Charlie Chaplin, who was looking for an unknown actress to play "The Gamin" in his 1936 film Modern Times. Struck by the actress's breathtaking beauty and natural comic sense, Chaplin not only cast her in the film, but fell in love with her. It is still a matter of contention in some circles as to whether or not Chaplin and Goddard were ever legally married (Chaplin claimed they were; it was his third marriage and her second), but whatever the case, the two lived together throughout the 1930s. Goddard's expert performances in such films as The Young in Heart (1938) and The Cat and the Canary (1939) enabled her to ascend to stardom without Chaplin's sponsorship, but the role she truly craved was that of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic Gone With the Wind. Unfortunately, that did not work out, and Vivien Leigh landed the part.



After working together in The Great Dictator (1940), Goddard and Chaplin's relationship crumbled; by the mid-1940s she was married to another extremely gifted performer, Burgess Meredith. The actress remained a box-office draw for her home studio Paramount until 1949, when (presumably as a result of a recent flop titled Bride of Vengeance) she received a phone call at home telling her bluntly that her contract was dissolved. Goddard's film appearances in the 1950s were in such demeaning "B" pictures as Vice Squad (1953) and Babes in Baghdad (1953). Still quite beautiful, and possessed of a keener intellect than most movie actors, she retreated to Europe with her fourth (or third?) husband, German novelist Erich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front). This union was successful, lasting until Remarque's death. Coaxed out of retirement for one made-for-TV movie in 1972 (The Snoop Sisters), Goddard preferred to remain in her lavish Switzerland home for the last two decades of her life.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Time of Indifference (Gli Indifferenti)
  • Mariagrazia
1965
No Score Yet The Unholy Four (The Stranger Came Home)
  • Angie Vickers
1954
No Score Yet Sins of Jezebel
  • Jezebel
1954
No Score Yet The Torch
  • María Dolores Penafiel
1950
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Martha Pease
1948
No Score Yet Ideal Husband
  • Mrs. Cheveley
1948
No Score Yet Hazard
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Abby
1947
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Herself
1947
No Score Yet An Ideal Husband
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid
  • Celestine
1946
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail!
  • Lt. Joan O'Doul
1943
No Score Yet The Crystal Ball
  • Toni Gerard
1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • Specialty
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Loxi Claiborne
1942
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth
  • Gwen Saunders
1941
100% Hold Back the Dawn
  • Anita Dixon
1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold
  • Molly McCorkle
1941
83% The Ghost Breakers
  • Mary Carter
1940
92% The Great Dictator
  • Hannah
1940
No Score Yet Second Chorus
  • Ellen Miller
1940
No Score Yet The Cat and the Canary
  • Joyce Norman
1939
91% The Women
  • Miriam Aarons
1939
No Score Yet The Young in Heart
  • Leslie Saunders
1938
100% Modern Times
  • The Gamin
1936
No Score Yet The Bohemian Girl
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Musicals from Hollywood's Golden Age
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet The Kid from Spain
  • Goldwyn Girl
1932
No Score Yet The Mouthpiece
  • Girl at Party
1932
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Train passenger
1929
No Score Yet The Phantom
  • Actor

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